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Student Spotlights2019-09-18T08:18:24-04:00

Student Spotlights

The Steers Center for Global Real Estate seeks to develop future business leaders interested in careers in real estate.  Furthermore, the Center aims to connect students with opportunities that expose them to top companies and industry leaders in the field.  Student spotlights are posted here to give you a glimpse into these educational, transformational and exciting experiences for our students.

Evin J. Broder

Evin J. Broder outside the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch New York office where he is interning this summer.

Q. How are you spending your summer?

A. I am an investment banking summer associate in the real estate investment-banking group at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. I was really drawn to the culture of BOA-Merrill Lynch; they are at the top of the field for my interests. The strong network of Hoyas bank-wide to lean on and learn from is a huge benefit.

Q. How are you applying what you learned in the classroom to the field?

A. By far, the most tangible course to my current work was the Real Estate Public Equity course taught by Edward Walter, Robert and Lauren Steers Chair in Real Estate and professor of the practice. The curriculum directly relates to my work now, and to learn from Walter, who is a client of the firm I am interning for, there was no better teacher or no better topic than this course.

Q. What advice can you share for new and future Hoyas?

A. It is important to come into business school with laser focus. Know what you want to accomplish before coming in, then use business school as a tool to achieve that end. This way you can take full advantage of the numerous resources the McDonough School of Business offers.

Q. How do you keep in touch with alumni?

A. When I was choosing a business school, I consciously chose McDonough because it is a smaller environment with a more tightly knit alumni network. The professors have acted as great bridges to different influential alumni and are key relationships and resources themselves.

Laura Sanint Micolta

Laura Sanint Micolta came back to work at Ascentis following her graduation this past May and after interning as an undergraduate.

Q. Since graduating in May, where are you now?

A. I began working at my father’s firm, Ascentis Real Estate Partners, as the senior associate investment manager. I first started working for the firm as a summer intern in 2007 while I was an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. After receiving my MBA from Georgetown McDonough, I was so excited to go back and contribute what I learned.

Q. What are you most excited about for your new job?

A. We are working on an initiative that creates a real estate fund to invest in multifamily properties in mostly Hispanic communities in the United States. It is an exciting prospect, as it combines the two fields we have a great deal of experience and expertise in — investment in multifamily properties and using an institutional investor base.

Q. How do you keep in touch with alumni?

A. I am an active member of the mentor-mentee program, and I also am active in the Georgetown University Real Estate Alliance ( The McDonough School of Business and the Steers Center for Global Real Estate often are hosting events that offer great opportunities to meet fellow Hoyas and network in the industry.

Lena Duffield

Lena Duffield is exploring direct investing as Morgan Stanley’s summer analyst.

Q. How are you spending your summer?

A. I am interning for Morgan Stanley as a summer analyst with the Real Estate Investment Group. I wanted the opportunity to work in direct investing as opposed to investment banking, and Morgan Stanley has an extremely well respected program.

Q. What are you most excited about for your internship?

A. One of the aspects I love most about my internship is how committed my supervisors are to mentoring. They take the time to sit down with you and teach you the crucial skills to be successful in this field. That kind of investment makes me excited to work hard over the summer.

Q. What advice can you share for new and future Hoyas?

A. Take time to figure out what you are most passionate about, and most importantly don’t be afraid to try new things. There are a lot of great clubs and activities on campus. I came to love real estate through my involvement in the Real Estate Club on campus.

Q. How do you keep in touch with the Georgetown network?

A. Through my involvement in the Real Estate Club, I have had the opportunity to build relationships with my classmates and professors that I hope will last a lifetime. I look forward to staying in touch over the course of my last year and following my graduation.